Less waste with new bakery sales prediction tool, says supplier

By Helen Glaberson

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A new technology for retail bakers can predict shop sales, thereby reducing wastage and improving ordering quality, says supplier RedBlack Software.

CyBake Touch is a module of RedBlack’s CyBake system, the company’s overall back office ERP system used for production and manufacturing.

The new ‘Automated Orders’ function generates its own suggested orders for a retail baker's following week, said the software developer.

Cost cutting

As commodity prices soar, there is currently a growing demand for such technology as bakers are keen to curb costs, Martin Coyle, a RedBlack Software spokesperson told BakeryandSnacks.com.

The technology is also less labour intensive, said Coyle. “The tool does the number crunching for you,”​ he said, this means it is more accurate than manual input, he added.

“In tests, these orders have proved better than those produced by shop managers who have limited time and capacity to carry out this mission-critical process,”​ said the company.

“By using the data-processing power of modern computing to review very large amounts of data, CyBake Touch's Automated Orders function can now produce suggested future orders in a way that is not practical manually.”

The technology runs on EPOS tills to provide a link between head office and retail outlets via the internet. The company said the suggested orders are created from an algorithm agreed with each retail outlet.

“For example, on short shelf-life products, the Automated Orders software may use an average of the last weeks' actual sales plus a percentage uplift to suggest what should be ordered for the following week,” ​said​RedBlack.

For retail bakers and food manufacturers, all orders will come directly into CyBake for production processing.

Coyle said there are other technologies like this on the market. However, this particular product has a touch screen and also links with the software.

Similar technologies may require another keyboard or PC in the shop, he said.

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